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Narrative Research of the Employment Process of Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury
traumatic brain injury
The study aimed to investigate the employment process of individuals with traumatic brain injury. Two males and one female participants that had experienced the traumatic brain injury, in the age between thirty and thirty eight years old, with at least more than one year working experiences in the integrative employment environment were invited to participate in the study. By means of the narrative study approach, the researcher invited the participants to share their life experiences in depth interviews. The “holistic-content” perspective was used to analyze the data, and the results were discussed in the “categorical-content” perspective. The results showed that the change of the individuals’ ability and characteristics after traumatic brain injury consists of the shift in biological function, the cognitive ability, the communication ability and social skills, the emotional traits and personality, and the self-concept. Since three participants changed their pathways and career goals, the researcher named their paths as “the condescending A who accumulates his strength”, “the B in the whirlpool with no commitment”, and “the C who moves steadily with his dream”. Moreover, this study also investigated the facilitators and barriers in participants’ employment process. Based on the results, the study proposed some suggestions for the workers in vocational rehabilitation, individuals with traumatic brain injury and their family members, and for the future research in traumatic brain injury.
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